Woman charged with fraud after GoFundMe account set up to cover nonexistent cancer treatment expenses

Investigation began in March of 2017

A Springwater Township woman is accused of faking cancer to bilk folks out of some $6,500 online.

In March of 2017, the OPP was alerted to a potentially fraudulent GoFundMe page. The virtual fundraiser claimed to have been set up by family and friends of the suspect to help cover the financial costs of ongoing cancer treatments. Just short of $6,500 was collected from 74 victims.

Following a lengthy investigation, police say the woman at the centre of this fundraising effort was never diagnosed with or treated for any critical illnesses in 2017.

A 36-year-old woman faces charges of fraud and forging documents.

The OPP recommends taking the following steps before donating money online:

  • Do a reverse image search on Google. Often fraudsters reuse pictures from other legitimate campaigns.
  • Read the comment section. Comments may tell you it’s a fraud but lack of comments may also be a red flag.
  • Support people you know.
  • If you suspect a fraudulent account report directly to Go Fund Me and local law enforcement.